Ever since the launch of the iPhone,
Flash has been persona non grata on the platform. Apple has repeatedly preferred other technologies for a variety of reasons, including performance and supporting open standards over proprietary ones such as Flash.
Even Steve Jobs has
reportedly derided Flash on several occasions. Developer Greg Slepak e-mailed the CEO to complain about Apple’s insistence on
banning intermediary development technologies like Flash from the App Store and
Jobs reputedly responded: “We’ve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform.”